Met Police officer mowed down and killed charity worker at zebra crossing while driving at 60mph

A Met Police officer was driving three times the speed limit when he ploughed into a charity worker on a zebra crossing, a court has heard.

Andrew Brown, 23, was killed in November 2019 after PC Daniel Francis, 33, drove into him whilst chasing another car without lights or his sirens.

PC Francis, from Tongham, Surrey, had been driving at 60mph whilst pursuing the occupants of a car that had thrown a firework.

Despite travelling in a 20mph zone, he fatally collided with Brown in Hounslow, West London at around 12am.

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Brown, from Glasgow, was taken to the hospital but later died of his injuries, while another 16-year-old boy was also injured in the incident.

Francis admitted to one count of causing death by careless driving and will be sentenced at a later date at the Old Bailey.

During the hearing at Westminster Magistrates Court, Francis spoke only to confirm his identity and to plead guilty.

The court heard that Francis had failed to take into consideration pedestrians crossing the road near a railway station in his pursuit for the other vehicle.

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Prosecutor Lisa Rose told the court that the offence falls into the “category of careless driving, not far short of dangerous driving”.

She continued: “He was attempting to catch up with a vehicle from which a firework had been thrown.

“The police vehicle did not have its lights and sirens activated and it was dark.”

He was granted unconditional bail ahead of his sentencing at the Central Criminal Court by the district judge Tan Ikram.

PC Francis faces a maximum of five years imprisonment, with a court date yet to be fixed.

Christina Smith of the CPS said: “These two rapists have at every turn denied responsibility for their sickening actions. They took advantage of a vulnerable woman, who had clearly lost the capacity to consent to sexual activity. They ushered her into a room, raped her, discarded her and then ran away from the scene of their crime in callous celebration.

“The victim has shown immense courage in coming forward and we hope these convictions provide her with some comfort. We hope this serves as a very strong reminder that anyone who takes advantage of another who, for whatever reason, is unable to consent faces prosecution for their actions.”

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